4/8/2018, From the management: We have moved the Bullpen over to a new temporary server and a new permanent type of setup. It's a bit much to explain here, but I think it's working. Please let me know on User_talk:Admin if you see any issues. Thank you as always for your support.

1991 Intercontinental Cup

From BR Bullpen

The 1991 Intercontinental Cup was the 10th Intercontinental Cup. It was held in Barcelona, Spain from July 2 through July 13, 1991. It was considered a prepatory event for the 1992 Olympics, which would be held on the same site. Each game in the medal round was decided by a single run, a rarity.

Flag of Cuba Cuba won with a 10-1 record, but it was their closest call for years. They lost their only game from 1991-1996, a 10-5 defeat at the hands of Nicaragua, and needed extra innings to win the Gold Medal game 5-4 against Japan. Cuba's next loss would come in the 1997 Intercontinental Cup. Cuba's top offensive performers were CF Jose Estrada (.412/.453/.605, 16 runs, 10 steals in 11 tries) and RF Luis Casanova (.364/.489/.758, 9 BB, 12 RBI, 4 HR). Their staff was led by Leonardo Tamayo (3-0, 1.11, 13 H in 24 1/3 IP) and Omar Ajete (2-0, 1.35). Ajete and Estrada made the tournament All-Star team along with 3B Gabriel Pierre (.324/.432/.486) and 2B Juan Padilla (.275/.333/.450).

Flag of Japan Japan was 7-2 in the round-robin and won in the semifinals before dropping the Gold Medal game. All-Star 1B Yuichi Yomoda (.481/.600/.704, 9 R, 9 RBI) led the tourney in average while All-Star OF Shinichi Sato (.448/.575/.966, 13 R) was 3rd. 2B Koichi Oshima (.344/.405/.688) was third in steals (7) while SS Akihiro Togo (.357/.387/.536) made the All-Star team. Kazutaka Nishiyama (0 R in 7 2/3 IP, 1-0) led the event with 2 saves. All the other pitchers had ERAs between 2 and 3, with Masahito Kohiyama (2-0, 2.38) ranking second with 28 strikeouts (in 22 2/3 IP).

Flag of Nicaragua Nicaragua went 6-3 in the round-robin, nothing stellar outside their upset of Cuba. They then lost in the semifinals 4-3 to Japan before beating Taiwan 4-3 in the Bronze Medal game. They had two All-Stars in DH Prospero Baca (.351/.444/.568, 13 R, 12 RBI) and C Genaro Llanes (.325/.391/.425). Key hitters were RF Jose Ramon Padilla (.233/.340/.628, a tourney-high 5 HR) and 3B Jenrry Roa (.349/.420/.558). Tourney MVP Epifanio Perez (3-0, 3.34) tied for the most wins in the Cup while Radbony Sanchez (2-0, 0.50) was third in ERA.

Flag of Chinese Taipei Chinese Taipei finished 4th, going 6-3 in the round-robin but going 0-2 in the medal round. They had a very balanced offense, featuring no All-Stars. IF Yaw-Teing Chang hit .350/.400/.500 and stole a tourney-high 11 bases but was caught 3 times. CF Wei-Chen Chen (.319/.373/.426, 12 R, 12 RBI) tied for second in RBI and was named the Outstanding Defensive Player of the event. Chao-Huang Lin (1-0, 0.90) was 4th in ERA.

Flag of South Korea South Korea just missed the Medal round, going 6-3. Dae-sung Koo (3-0, 0.39) tied for the most wins, was second in ERA and led in strikeouts (31) to make the All-Star team. Future KBO superstar Jong-beom Lee hit .286/.444/.464 as the main SS, barely better than the team average. Another future Korean star, Min-tae Chung, bombed at 0-2, 7.30.

Flag of Mexico Mexico placed 6th at 5-4. They had an All-Star in CF Carlos Manriquez (.425/.452/.725, a tourney-high 17 RBI).

Flag of Italy Italy was 7th at 4-5. Their pitching failed to do the job, while the offense produced a fair number of runs. LF Roberto Bianchi (.414/.457/.724) led the offense.

Flag of Spain Spain placed 8th as the hosts went 2-7. Felix Cano (3.86) was the only pitcher with an ERA under 6.75. 1B-DH Xavier Civit (.355/.394/.484) tied for 5th in the Cup with 11 RBI.

Flag of Soviet Union Soviet Union was outscored 110-20 and finished 9th at 1-8. They had two of Russia's first three minor leaguers in 3B Evgeny Puchkov (.296/.310/.444) and SS Ilya Bogatyrev (.250/.300/.286, .857 FLD).

Flag of France France was guided by Yoshio Yoshida and finished last at 0-9. They were outscored 124-16. No pitcher had an ERA under 7.

Medal Round[edit]

  • Flag of Japan Japan 4, Flag of Nicaragua Nicaragua 3. Nicaragua led 3-2 by the 7th-inning break but Kazutaka Nishiyama tossed 2 2/3 shutout relief innings while Japan rallied to take the game.
  • Flag of Cuba Cuba 5, Flag of Japan Japan 4. Japan knocked out Omar Ajete by scoring runs in the 2nd, 3rd and 4th. Starter Hiroshi Shintani held a 3-1 lead into the 9th. Shintani faded, though, and Japan never took him out. Cuba scored twice in the 9th to tie it. Japan put a run on the board in the 10th. In the bottom of the 10th, Cuba scored two more, with José R. Delgado delivering the winning hit off Shintani.



Intercontinental Cup

1973 | 1975 | 1977 | 1979 | 1981 | 1983 | 1985 | 1987 | 1989
1991 | 1993 | 1995 | 1997 | 1999 | 2002 | 2006 | 2010